Nicholas Caire (1837–1918)

Born in Guernsey, Caire moved to Australia with his parents in the 1860s. He was interested in photography from an early age, and was later a student of the photographer Townsend Duryea. Initially specialising in portrait photography, he shifted his interest to outdoor and landscape photography after the dry plate method was developed. He spent the rest of his life in this field, focusing on the Australian landscape, particularly the bush, rainforests, gullies, and mountains of south-eastern Victoria. Many of his works also depict Australian aborigines and early pioneer life. His pictures reveal a sensitive, passionate photographer with an artistic approach whose high quality works were executed in perfect conditions, and in rich detail and mellow tones.









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